Haider Ali wins Pakistan’s first-ever gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics!
History has been made for Pakistan as Haider Ali wins a gold medal in the discus throw competition with a throw of 55.26m, a personal best.
It's #Gold for #PAK! F37 discus thrower Haider Ali wins his country's first medal of the Games!— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) September 3, 2021
His throw of 55.26m is a personal best and almost three metres longer than second place! #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics pic.twitter.com/SD3rO1qlaF
He achieved a 55.26 metre throw at his fifth attempt out of a total of six to score the best distance — almost 3m longer than Ukraine’s Mykola Zhabnyak who scored 52.43m to come in second place.
While, Brazilian Joao Victor Teixeira de Souza Silva won bronze with a throw of 51.86m.
“This gold will be very important for Para sport in my country. They will see what can be achieved through hard work and to be able to compete internationally for Pakistan,” said Haider Ali.
“I hope to be a role model for other people that have a disability that doesn’t compete in sport to take part in Para sport,” the gold medalist added.
"I hope to be a role model for other people that have a disability that don’t compete in sport to take part in Para sport." – Haider Ali #PAK #ParaAthletics #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/rnCrRmMals— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) September 3, 2021